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I currently have a BA surround sound system. It is almost 10 years old. I believe it is the VRS Micro System. About a year after I bought it, I replaced the surrounds with VRS Micro Dipoles. I don't think they are the VRS Pro Dipoles. I have recently gotten Polk Monitor 50's and my Polk CS2 should be delivered today. My question relates to the surrounds. My listening area is one half of the back of my house. It is a wide open floor plan. Other than where the kitchen has ceramic tile and the family room has hardwood floors, there is nothing dividing the entire 14'x32' area. The listening area portion is probably 14'x14'. The BA dipoles are mounted at what is just about 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock from my recliner and the couch. I have always like the dipoles and the way they fill the area...sometimes we watch TV from the kitchen if my kids are at the table or if my wife is cooking. When I first bought them, they were in a smaller room with a wall directly behind the couch where the sound from the dipole could bouce off the back wall.

Are dipoles the best solution for the current room where there is no wall behind them? Should I replace them with Monitor 30's or 40's? Should I upgrade to a newer, better Polk dipole? Are they a good enough speaker to just leave them? 7.1 isn't an option based on not having a wall behind me to add 2 more speakers, so adding Monitor 30's or 40's and keeping the BA dipoles isn't an option.

Thanks in advance for the patience with the long post.

John
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Some back-wall interaction is ideal for a dipole, but not 100% necessary or called out by THX spec (which is where most of the push for side-mounted dipoles comes from). If they're filling the room with quality sound at levels you listen at, there may be no reason to upgrade.

If you do decide to upgrade, but still want the dipole effect, FXi3s can currently be had on eBay for well under $200/pr in white. There is no dipole option in the monitor line, but strictly matching rears to front isn't as big a deal as matching the front three, and the FXi3s are actually a step up the Polk line.
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Thanks. Everything you said is exactly what I was assuming. For now, I'll leave the BA's.
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